Psalms 141:1

A psalm of David.

1 I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you.

Psalms 141:1 in Other Translations

1 LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
1 O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
1 O LORD, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help!
1 God, come close. Come quickly! Open your ears - it's my voice you're hearing!
1 Lord, I call on You; hurry to [help] me. Listen to my voice when I call on You.

Psalms 141:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 141:1

Lord, I cry unto thee
With great earnestness, importunity, and fervency, being in distress; and knowing vain was the help of man, and that none could deliver him but the Lord, and therefore continued crying unto him for help F23; make haste unto me;
which shows he was in a desperate condition; that he could not help himself, nor could any creature, only the Lord; and he was at a distance from him, as it seemed to him, and he delayed assistance; and therefore desires he would immediately draw nigh and be a present help in his time of need, and work speedy deliverance for him, his case requiring haste; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee;
a request the psalmist frequently makes, not contenting himself with prayer, without desiring and looking for an answer to it.


F23 "Auxilium vocat, et duros conclamat agrestes", Virgil.

Psalms 141:1 In-Context

1 I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.
5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 22:19; Psalms 70:5
  • 2. S Psalms 4:1; Psalms 5:1-2; Psalms 27:7; Psalms 143:1
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